Calls it “a new breed”.
It looks like Google has been cooking something special for its 5th birthday and no, it’s not a cake. Turns out, the search giant has been working on a next generation of Chrome apps that are set to rival those of Windows and Mac.
Not only will they work offline but those apps behave like any native app on other operating systems, meaning that they can access pretty much any part of your computer hardware, including storage, ports and Bluetooth connection.
Works on PC, Android and iOS.
In one of the most boring events ever, Google has revealed Chromecast, a streaming device for your TV, which allows you to quickly share your content from your PC, tablet or a smartphone.
In case you have some time to burn or are simply interested in the technology, then in two hours Google will be streaming their Android / Nexus announcement event, which is rumored to have a new set of Nexus devices as well as Android 4.3.
How is this browsers related? Well, assuming it’s a new version of Android, you can always expect some browser related changes too. Not to mention that the guy running Android team is also behind Chromium. So, grab your popcorn and sit tight, the event is about to begin.
More than just a browser?
If the recent comments from Stephen Baker, NPD’s VP of Industry Analysis for Consumer Technology, are to be believed then it looks like Google is doing an okay job with their Chromebooks.
During today’s WPC 2013 Event, Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, boasted about their achievements in the security department and compared the number of vulnerabilities versus Google and Mozilla.
The slide above is pretty self explanatory but if you are wondering where they got these statistics from, it’s from Secunia’s Vulnerability Review 2013 report, which can be requested in the following page.
January 2014 is the date.
Back in 2009, Google launched Chrome Frame, a plug-in that aimed to modernize the older versions of Internet Explorer by bringing WebKit capabilities to Microsoft’s platform, although they weren’t particularly happy about that.
The good news? Thanks to competition, web browsers (especially IE) got so much better over the last few years and as a result, Google is retiring Chrome frame.
If you would like to relive the excitement of Chrome Frame, check the video below:
Well, now you know why Google and Microsoft are so eager for you to signup when using their services and what they do with that data.
Fortunately, organizations like Mozilla, Reddit, DuckDuckGo and many more have a better idea and care about your privacy. Thanks to the recently leaked data about PRISM, these companies are asking the Congress to end NSA surveillance.
And the drama continues…
Back in March, Google has published a “Chrome Everywhere” video, which, as you might have guessed from the title, celebrates the availability of Google’s Chrome web browser on a pretty much every platform and form factor.
Well, it looks like Microsoft has a different idea and this is what it looks like: